This is the main function of full stops, or periods: marking the end of a sentence.How to Avoid Redundancies While literary geniuses are free to flout style conventions, we mere mortals must adhere to them. Our editors explain how to avoid redundancies in your business writing.An acronym is a word formed from the initial letters of a name or phrase. Examples of common acronyms include "SARS" (severe acute respiratory syndrome) and "UNICEF" (United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund)—imagine having to write that out each time in a 10-page document on the organization's initiative to improve educational opportunities for young girls in Africa!
There are a number of online dictionaries you can use to search for commonly used initialisms and acronyms.
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Full Stops: A How-To Guide If you’re North American, you may be wondering what exactly full stops are—here’s a hint, there is one at the end of this sentence.
If you've already defined SEM as standing for the process, you cannot use SEM to refer to the item (i.e., a scanning electron microscope, which you use to perform the process of scanning electron microscopy), even though the first letters of each word are the same.
In short, the same initialism or acronym can only refer to one thing in a document.
So, if you're going to use initialisms and/or acronyms in your business writing, remember: The first time you use an initialism or acronym in your document, the words should be written out with the short form placed in parentheses immediately after.